2020-10-28: News Headlines

RT (2020-10-28). Macron announces 2nd national lockdown in France, says country 'overrun' by Covid-19. rt.com France will go into a new nationwide lockdown on Friday for at least a month as the spread of the coronavirus has exceeded even the most pessimistic forecasts, President Emmanuel Macron has announced. | "I've decided that we need to return to the lockdown which halted the virus," Macron said in an address to the nation, while urging unity in the face of the challenge. | The measures will again restrict people to their homes, except for buying essential goods, seeking medical treatment or one-hour of daily exercise. Anyone going outside will have to carry a special document justifying their movements, which pol…

RT (2020-10-28). Mexican president blasts European leaders for 'authoritarian urge' over harsh Covid-19 lockdowns. rt.com By imposing lockdowns to stem the second wave of the coronavirus, EU leaders are showing a lack of faith in their citizens and putting themselves above the people, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has said. | During a press conference on Wednesday, Lopez Obrador was asked if Mexico was planning to introduce restrictions to tackle the spread of the virus similar to those already in place in some European countries, including France, Spain, Italy, and the Czech Republic. | "No to using coercive measures," the president responded. "This is not resolved with that." | The introduction of tough restric…

Donald J. Boudreaux (2020-10-28). Why So Gullible About Government in the Face of COVID-19? globalresearch.ca At my blog, Café Hayek, I recently posted

Staff (2020-10-28). Headlines for October 28, 2020. democracynow.org White House Credits Trump with "Ending the COVID-19 Pandemic" as U.S. Cases Hit Record Highs, As 54 Million U.S. Residents Struggle for Food, Senate Adjourns Without Passing Relief Bill, Family of Walter Wallace Jr. Demands Justice After Fatal Police Shooting, Grand Jurors Call Actions of Louisville Police Officers Who Killed Breonna Taylor "Criminal", Trump Mocks Media Coverage of Coronavirus Crisis, Trump on Counting Votes Beyond Election Day: "I Don't Believe That's by Our Laws", Muslims Denounce French President for Defending Caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, Yemen's Humanitarian Workers Plead for Internationa…

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-28). For 1st time COVID-19 daily death toll surpasses 400 in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Wednesday as 415 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak reported in the country.

_____ (2020-10-28). Mutual Aid Is Essential To Our Survival. popularresistance.org When the COVID-19 pandemic emerged as a crisis in the U.S. in early 2020, people all over the country started coordinating to deliver groceries and prescriptions to vulnerable people, making and distributing masks and hand sanitizer, and raising money for people who were losing jobs and ineligible for unemployment benefits. By the time the uprising against anti-Black racism and police violence brought people into the streets in early summer, the concept of "mutual aid" had gained significant traction in the media, and it was visible on the streets as people…

Dr. Margarite Griesz-Brisson (2020-10-28). COVID-19 Masks Are a Crime Against Humanity and Child Abuse. globalresearch.ca The following is a

Colin Todhunter (2020-10-28). The Neoliberal Capitalist Lockdown: Class Consciousness in the Age of COVID. globalresearch.ca Prior to the appearance of COVID-related restrictions and lockdowns, neoliberal capitalism had turned to various mechanisms in the face of economic stagnation and massive inequalities: the raiding of public budgets, the expansion of credit to consumers and governments to sustain …

Peter Koenig (2020-10-28). Subject: COVID Coverage by Swiss Radio and TV. Peter Koenig's Open Letter to the CEO of SRF. globalresearch.ca Subject : COVID | Attention ……. CEO, Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) | My concerns are about SRF reporting on covid. | You realize that there is not one SRF news program without covid being at the center. | Covid discussions appear even between …

David Rosen (2020-10-28). After Covid: Will the Recession Become a Depression? counterpunch.org In April 2020, Jamie Dimond, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, noted in the company's 2019 annual report: "As a nation, we were clearly not equipped for this global pandemic, and the consequences have been devastating." Like a Wall Street preacher, he added, "But it is forcing us to work together, and it is improving civility and reminding us that we all live on one planet."

Molly Bolick (2020-10-28). 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'. thenation.com 'Why Tell Me That We're Safer Here?'

Concord Author (2020-10-28). Concord D2 Residents Can Vote Out Caviar Carlyn. indybay.org In the lead up to the election during the economic and Covid crisises, Carlyn Obringer is promoting caviar on Twitter and Facebook. Caviar Carlyn is out of touch when it comes to the struggles that so many Concord residents are facing.

_____ (2020-10-28). Gig Workers Hired To Evict People From Their Homes. popularresistance.org A startup company by the name of Civvl is seeking to recruit temporary "gig" workers to assist landlords in evicting tenants who have been unable to pay rent in the midst of the economic depression triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. | Civvl is owned by OnQall, a developer that provides a platform for a number of other app-based services. However, Civvl is markedly different from the other apps, some of which are used for house-cleaning and mowing lawns.

Stephen Lendman (2020-10-28). Manufactured Pandemic and Economic Collapse a Boon for Billionaires. globalresearch.ca There's nothing natural about US-engineered coronavirus and economic collapse that made the dismal state of the nation much worse. | Things are unlikely to return to their former state when the current storm passes that won't happen any time soon. | Improvement …

Helen Buyniski (2020-10-28). VIDEO: The "Lock Step" Simulation Scenario: "A Coronavirus-like Pandemic that Becomes Trigger for Police State Controls" globalresearch.ca First published on February 5, 2020. In-depth analysis of the Simulation of a pandemic conducted in 2010 under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation. | By now, those following the novel coronavirus epidemic are familiar with Event 201, the pandemic

MEE and agencies (2020-10-28). UK declares solidarity with France amid row with Turkey in wake of teacher's murder. middleeasteye.net UK declares solidarity with France amid row with Turkey in wake of teacher's murder | UK's foreign secretary calls on Nato allies to 'stand shoulder to shoulder' and 'never give terrorists the gift of dividing us' | Wed, 10/28/2020 – 08: 30 | Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab declared his country's support for France on Wednesday amid calls for an economic boycott triggered by anti-…

Staff (2020-10-28). Care Not Cops: Marc Lamont Hill Makes Case for Abolition After Philadelphia Police Kill Walter Wallace Jr. democracynow.org Protesters in Philadelphia mark a second night of calling for the abolition of police after two Philadelphia police shot and killed Walter Wallace Jr., a 27-year-old Black man, while he was having a mental health crisis. The shooting reflects decades of defunding of social services, including for mental health, while police departments have continued to grow, says author and activist Marc Lamont Hill, who argues, "If all you have is a hammer, then every problem looks like a nail." Lamont Hill is professor of media studies and urban education at Temple University and author of "We Still Here: Pandemic, Policing, P…

_____ (2020-10-28). Pandemic Transforms People Into Voting Rights Activists. popularresistance.org For Regina Root, 53, the journey to suing Virginia's election officials began during the state's nomination contest in June when the university professor cast her ballot in person before the voting day to avoid potential crowds at her polling place. | The brain surgery that saved Root's life left her with impaired vision and her election office lacked a machine that would allow her to cast her vote without relying on her husband. | "I thought wait, this doesn't make sense. I can vote on my own. I have a PhD," said the Williamsburg, Virginia, resident.

Dean Baker (2020-10-28). The Impact of the Pandemic on Superstar Cities. counterpunch.org The Washington Post had a piece last week discussing the extent to which the pandemic, and more specifically increased opportunities for remote work, will affect thriving cities like New York and San Francisco. The main conclusion of the piece is that it won't have much impact. This view is a bit peculiar. The argument in

_____ (2020-10-28). Deception 2020: Our SickCare System. popularresistance.org In this third installment of the Deception 2020 Series, we dig into our so-called healthcare system — what would more appropriately be called our sickcare system. Yeah, the US has the ability to offer top notch care and medical support — but out of some 330 million people, how many have access to it? | Then, we're joined by Dr. Margaret Flowers for some more insight into this grossly unequal system, where the candidates stand and who those candidates even get to be!

_____ (2020-10-28). Philadelphia Victim's Family Sought Ambulance, Not Police. popularresistance.org Philadelphia – The family of a Black man killed by Philadelphia police officers in a shooting caught on video had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis, not for police intervention, their lawyer said. | Police said Walter Wallace Jr., 27, was wielding a knife and ignored orders to drop the weapon before officers fired shots Monday afternoon. But his parents said Tuesday night that officers knew their son was in a mental health crisis because they had been to the family's house three times on Monday. | Cathy Wallace, his mother, said one of the times, "they stood there and laughed at…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2020-10-28). The Davos Reset 2021 Agenda of the World Economic Forum. A New Phase of Economic and Social Destruction? globalresearch.ca On June 3, 2020, as a consequence of the "global health crisis", the World Economic Forum WEF in Geneva announced a "unique twin summit" for January 2021 in Davos, Switzerland.(1) The theme should be "The Great Reset". The WEF defines …

Gondi S, Chokshi DA. (2020-10-27). Financial Stability as a Goal of Payment Reform—A Lesson From COVID-19. jamanetwork.com Over the last decade, the US health care system embarked on a journey toward value-based care. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) designed and implemented a range of value-based payments through the rollout of alternative payment models, such as accountable care organizations (ACOs). The goal of these efforts was to increase value by improving quality and reducing costs. To date, however, alternative payment models have had modest effects on health outcomes or spending.

Kuehn BM. (2020-10-27). Shifting Hydroxychloroquine Patterns Raise Concern. jamanetwork.com The number of hydroxychloroquine prescriptions by specialists who don't typically prescribe the drug skyrocketed after preliminary reports in March suggested potential benefits for patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Mehr News Agency (2020-10-27). Iran records highest COVID-19 daily death toll again. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Oct. 27 (MNA) — Deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran hit a high record on Tuesday as 346 new deaths were registered over the past 24 hours, the highest since the virus outbreak in the country.

MEE and agencies (2020-10-27). Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hospitalised amid Covid-19 scare. middleeasteye.net Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune hospitalised amid Covid-19 scare | While the president's office did not mention whether he had the coronavirus, he had been self-isolating after several aides tested positive | Tue, 10/27/2020 – 22: 00 | The president's hospitalisation comes five days ahead of a referendum on constitutional reforms (Reuters/File photo) | Algerian President Abdelmadj…

Peter Koenig (2020-10-27). "Democracy" vs. Covid: A No-Go. dissidentvoice.org Brussels (EU and European NATO Headquarters) — On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for possible Covid-19 operations: German soldiers could be sent on crisis missions to other NATO and partner countries during the second wave of the Corona pandemic. As a spokesman for the Ministry of …

RT (2020-10-27). Russia applies to WHO for emergency listing of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, approval would speed up formula's global distribution. rt.com As global coronavirus cases surge, Russia has applied to the World Health Organization (WHO) for the early pre-qualification and registration of its pioneering Sputnik V vaccine, which would make it available globally sooner. | The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has filed the application to include the Sputnik V formula in the WHO's Emergency Use Listing program allowing for its accelerated approval for use, the sovereign wealth fund said in a "The Russian Federation was the first in the world to register a vaccine a…

The Canary (2020-10-27). 20 things the government must do to tackle structural racism and protect BAME communities from coronavirus. thecanary.co Baroness Doreen Lawrence has set out 20 recommendations for the government to protect those most at risk from coronavirus and tackle inequality in the longer term.Here are her recommendations from her review into the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) on Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities: | Set out an urgent plan for tackling the disproportionate impact of Covid on BAME people this winter | 2. Implement a national strategy to tackle health inequalities.3. Suspend the "no recourse to public funds" rule during the pandemic and review its impact on public health and health inequalities.4. Ensure Covi…

Keith Norris, Cynthia Gonzalez (2020-10-27). [Commentary] COVID-19, health disparities and the US election. thelancet.com The recent Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been distinguished by its disproportionate high rates of infection, hospitalization, and mortality in oppressed and disenfranchised communities [1,2]. These disparities have drawn great global attention to inequities in social determinants of health (SDOH) such as education, employment, housing, and access to affordable health care, which often increase risk for contracting and dying from COVID-19 in Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities [3].

Lynda Carson (2020-10-27). Coronavirus covid-19 pandemic invades the White House. indybay.org Coronavirus Covid-19 Memorial In Washington D.C.

RT (2020-10-27). Schools & clubs closing in Bulgaria amid record Covid-19 surge as health minister warns of 'severe winter months'. rt.com Bulgaria will close its clubs and order high school and university students to study remotely for two weeks as of October 29 in a bid to curb rising coronavirus infection rates, the country's health minister said on Tuesday. | "We have to defuse Covid-19 spread…and if we continue to neglect the [preventative] measures, at some point it may be too late," Health Minister Kostadin Angelov said in a Facebook "We are facing severe winter months — we are entering the flu season and the risk that th…

The Canary (2020-10-27). New figures show a 53% rise in coronavirus registered deaths in one week. thecanary.co The number of weekly registered deaths involving coronavirus has risen by more than half in seven days, new figures have shown. | There were 670 deaths registered in England and Wales which mentioned "novel coronavirus" in the week ending 16 October, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. | This is a rise of 53% from the previous week, when 438 deaths involving Covid-19 were registered. | It is the sixth consecutive rise and the highest number of registered deaths involving Covid-19 since the week ending 19 June. There were: | 521 deaths in hospitals | 106 deaths in care homes | 33 deaths in private homes…

WSWS (2020-10-27). Health care systems face collapse across Eastern Europe amid resurgent COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Poland's leading epidemiologist pointed to parallels between current conditions in Poland and those in Italy earlier this year, when the health care system collapsed due to the number of infections.

Staff (2020-10-27). Barrett's confirmation threatens fair election, healthcare, and women's rights. therealnews.com Hundreds at the White House celebrated the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—just one month after her nomination became a COVID-19 superspreader event that infected the president and at least three dozen others.

news.un (2020-10-27). UN agency chiefs appeal for 'open science' beyond COVID-19, citing dangers of secrecy and denial. news.un.org The heads of three UN agencies joined forces on Tuesday to appeal for a global push towards "open science", citing the value of cooperation in the response to COVID-19 and the dangers of treating evidence-based knowledge as an exclusive asset, or simple matter of opinion.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-10-27). The US announces fresh sanctions against Iran's petroleum sector. peoplesdispatch.org The sanctions mostly target entities and individuals in Iran's petroleum sector, including the minister of petroleum, Bijan Zangeneh. US sanctions have massively affected Iran's ability to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19…

_____ (2020-10-27). Inmate Sues Prison Over Lack Of COVID19 Precautions. popularresistance.org Union, NJ – An inmate at the state's only prison for women has filed a lawsuit alleging the state Department of Corrections is failing to take proper precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic. | Jennie Cullum filed the lawsuit in state Superior Court in Hunterdon County against the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women claiming she was not allowed to take precautions against the virus as cases began to increase, and, in one instance, guards did not allow her to wear a face mask she had fashioned out of her own bra.

RT (2020-10-27). HACKED Trump campaign website proclaims US president 'involved in origin of coronavirus' in apparent cryptocurrency scam. rt.com US President Donald Trump's website has been taken offline after a fake 'seizure' notice was posted on multiple pages, claiming the president had 'spreaded' fake news and was 'involved in the origin' of the Covid-19 pandemic. | While it featured the FBI and Justice Department logos, the announcement was written in broken English and without capitalizations, according to screenshots posted on Tuesday evening. | "[We] have evidence that completely discredits mr trump as president," the notice said, "proving his criminal involvment [sic] and coorperation [sic] with foreign actors manipulating the 2020 election."

Jasmine Norden (2020-10-27). The government quietly U-turned on a key pandemic promise just before going on a week's holiday. thecanary.co The government has slashed one of its key programmes aimed at helping disadvantaged children during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. And it did so quietly. On a Friday evening — just as parliament was going into recess for the week and half-term was starting for children across the country. | On 19 April, the government

WSWS (2020-10-27). COVID rips through Michigan K-12 schools: record 29 new outbreaks reported last week. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

news.un (2020-10-27). Equality, sustainability should guide COVID-19 recovery, say governments at regional forum. news.un.org Countries in the Latin America and the Caribbean region have called for COVID-19 recovery to be guided by the principles of inclusive development, equality and sustainability.

WSWS (2020-10-27). French government whitewashes COVID-19 clusters in schools, universities. wsws.org The reopening of in-person education has been a central element of the murderous, anti-scientific policy of "herd immunity" overseen by the French government.

RT (2020-10-27). Police chief killed by fighting cock during raid on illegal venue in Philippines. rt.com A Filipino police officer bled to death after a fighting cock slashed his femoral artery during a raid on an illegal event on the island of Northern Samar. Like other sports, cockfights have been officially banned due to Covid-19. | Lieutenant Christian Bolok was fatally cut in his left thigh when he picked up the rooster, which still had its fighting spurs – long, sharp blades – attached to its talons, during Monday's raid on the illegal event in San Jose. Though he was rushed to a nearby hospital, Bolok, who served as police chief for the town, was declared dead on arrival, having bled to death from his woun…

Muhammed Shabeer (2020-10-27). Students across Europe take to the streets against government insensitivity amid COVID-19 spike. peoplesdispatch.org The inability of governments and institutional authorities to provide safety to students amid the new spike in COVID-19 cases in Europe has put their future at stake. The student community has once again hit the streets demanding safety and resources…

WSWS (2020-10-27). Twenty-nine outbreaks reported in K-12 schools as COVID-19 rips through Michigan. wsws.org Altogether, there are now 99 total ongoing outbreaks that have led to 482 reported cases of COVID-19 among students, teachers and staff throughout Michigan.

Kavitha Muralidharan (2020-10-27). Burying 1,000 Bodies and Loads of Prejudice. counterpunch.org "We were worried that our father would not be treated well in death." Two months after Panchanathan Subramaniam's demise, his son S. Ramesh still grieves: "When we got him admitted to Thanjavur government hospital with symptoms of Covid-19, we never imagined we would take him back lifeless." More so since 68-year-old Subramaniam, who retired years

Princess Harmony (2020-10-27). Purdue Pharma guilty in opioid deaths. workers.org A contributing cause to the opioid epidemic — overprescription of painkillers like OxyContin — has been identified by both individuals and the state. Since the start of the opioid crisis, overdoses have continued to rise, with COVID-19-based isolation pushing even more people toward the abuse of prescription and illicit opioids. . . . |

Staff (2020-10-27). Headlines for October 27, 2020. democracynow.org Amy Coney Barrett Sworn In, Giving SCOTUS Heavy Conservative Majority Ahead of Pivotal Cases, SCOTUS Rules Wisconsin Cannot Count Ballots Received After Election Day, Surging COVID-19 Cases Trigger Curfews; Doctors Say 800,000 Children Have Been Infected, China Testing 5 Million People After One Asymptomatic Case in Xinjiang, New Lockdowns in Germany, Mask Orders in Russia as COVID-19 Cases Surge, Oxford Vaccine Shows Promising Results as New Data Suggests Antibodies in Recovered Cases Don't Last, U.S. Imposes Harsh New Sanctions on Iranian Oil, Airstrikes Kill Dozens at Training Camp in Idlib, Syria, Explosion a…

Sandipan Talukdar (2020-10-27). Winter is coming in the Northern Hemisphere. Will COVID-19 get worse? peoplesdispatch.org There is not enough data to conclusively predict if the onset of winter will lead to a greater spread of the infection. However, researchers have been studying the possibility through a variety of ways…